A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Friday, June 12, 2009

YA Challenge - Completed!

This was a challenge that runs for the entire year (so there's still time to join!) and the goal was to read 12 Young Adult books. I'm actually surprised it took me this long into the year to finish this challenge as I usually read a lot of YA books, but I found a lot of my reading of books that would qualify for this challenge were actually more middle school or just plain children's books so I didn't include them in the list. I tried to make sure the books I listed here were truly books that teens would enjoy. The challenge was hosted over at J. Kaye's Book Blog and she knows how to run a smooth and seamless challenge!

My list:

1. Laika by Nick Abadzis
2. Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner
3. Wake by Lisa McMann
4. Fade by Lisa McMann
5. Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison
6. Alligator Bayou by Donna Jo Napoli
7. The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World by e.l. konigsburg
8. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
9. The Third Eye by Mahtab Narsimhan
10. Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter by R.J. Anderson
11. Starfinder by John Marco
12. Anything but Typical by Noral Raleigh Baskin

It's easy enough to find the book I least enjoyed that would be Laika but choosing my favourite from this list is extremely difficult and I just can't do it! Of course The Forest of Hands and Teeth was brilliant but then so was Wake and then Fade was even better, but then I can forget Spell Hunter, oh, and I couldn't possibly not mention Once Dead, Twice Shy and then .... the rest were all very good, and all my favourite at any given moment. LOL

Great challenge! I'll be there next year!


  1. Congrats on finishing the challenge!

  2. Congrats on finishing! There are a lot of good books in that list. :)